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Image: The Conundrum of the Chalices of the Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Virtues,

Nicholas Pope with James Maskrey, 2015. Glass, max height:  Anger 103 cms high, photo: David Williams

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art’s freshly revamped main gallery plays host to three new sets of work by artists who each explore an inquisitive relationship to materials and making, taking place at the gallery from Saturday 19th March until Saturday 18th June.

Jonathan Baldock presents a new sculptural carpeted installation, which continues to focus on his highly stylised articulation of the human body. The casts of enigmatic sculptures and constructed objects hold a mythical aura, managing to be both luxuriant and sensual. Nicolas Pope has worked with master glass maker James Maskrey to create a newly commissioned series of 14 glass chalices, inspired by the seven virtues and seven deadly sins. Created at the nearby National Glass Centre, Pope’s original drawings are presented alongside Maskrey’s glass work. Traversing the full 30 metre expanse of the main gallery, Maria Zahle’s rip-stop nylon sculpture zig-zag’s across the space, framing both the audience’s movement through the exhibition as well as the architectural space itself. Zahle also showcases two sculptures made in sandcast bronze.

Baldock, Pope, Zahle is at NGCA, Sunderland from Saturday 19th March until Saturday 18th June.

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